Felix Kreier, Eric Fliers, Peter J. Voshol, Corbert G. Van Eden, Louis M. Havekes, Andries Kalsbeek, Caroline L. Van Heijningen, Arja A. Sluiter, Thomas C. Mettenleiter, Johannes A. Romijn, Hans P. Sauerwein, Ruud M. Buijs
Somatotopic organization of the parasympathetic nervous system. Laser scanning photomicrograph of transverse sections of the brain stem. The central canal is on the right side. Vagal motor neurons project into one fat compartment only (subcutaneous or intra-abdominal). PRV (stained green) was injected into the intra-abdominal fat compartment after sympathetic denervation. At the same time, FluoroGold (stained red) was injected into the subcutaneous fat compartment. Both tracers were transported back to the dorsal motor nucleus DMV and AMB in different neuron populations. Somatotopic segregation can be observed within the DMV. Bar = 50 μm.